California has an established formula to calculate child support. However the formula is often considered difficult to understand. Click here to be taken to the Department of Child Support Calculator: CHILD SUPPORT CALCULATOR
A separated parent is responsible for initiating an initial child support request. Should a parent currently ordered to pay child support wish to modify that amount, the responsibility shifts to him or her to request a modification from the court. Except for very rare circumstances, requests for support and/or modification is not retroactive, which means you can not ask the court to go back in time to make an order or modification. Because of this, it is extremely important that you have an experienced attorney by your side to ensure you get it right the first time.
In simplified terms, a child support order is based on:
- each parent’s income;
- the amount, or percentage, of time each parent spends with the child(ren); and
- any applicable deductions and/or add ons such as tax bracket, health insurance costs, and child care costs
There are also many situations where this standard formula will not apply. In these cases, it is essential for you to have an experienced attorney by your side to protect your rights. Call us today to see how we can help.